Carl Frampton plans Belfast statement


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Carl Frampton is confident he can put on an eye-catching display when he returns to the ring against Horacio Garcia in Belfast on Saturday.

‘The Jackal’ hasn’t fought since losing his WBA World Featherweight title and unbeaten record to Leo Santa Cruz in Las Vegas in January.

Frampton split from manager Barry McGuigan following that loss and is now working with coach Jamie Moore and promoter Frank Warren, and he feels his performance will be heavily scrutinised on Saturday.

The 30-year-old insists he will not underestimate Mexico’s Garcia but he is keen to put in a big performance in his home town on Saturday.

“I know the spotlight will be on me and Jamie on Saturday night, people listening to the corner and watching how I perform but I’m very confident that I’ll be back to my best and you’ll see an exciting, explosive performance,” he told the Belfast Telegraph.

“I’m certainly not taking Garcia for granted. He’s got a good knockout ratio, is very tough and has been in with world-class operators.

I feel really good, I know I have a lot more to give and I want to go in there on Saturday night and give my fans another good night.

“Going back to fight in Belfast for the first time in nearly three years is going to be special.”

Frampton is 1.01 to claim the victory, Garcia can be backed at 19.00 and a draw is 26.00.

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